The Palms in Carpinteria, which features a restaurant on the first floor and apartments on the second floor, is for sale.
The Palms in Carpinteria, which features a restaurant on the first floor and apartments on the second floor, is for sale. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

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A Carpinteria landmark has hit the market — for $9.85 million.

The Palms is a mixed-use development that features a restaurant on the first floor and apartments on the second floor.

Built in 1912, “the property offers the opportunity for a boutique hotel, restaurant or rental income,” according to the listing with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

The restaurant is owned by brothers Bill and Tod Bennett, and it has been in the family for several generations.

The Palms is the oldest restaurant and bar in Carpinteria and includes a “cook your own steak” feature. 

“The bar has that ‘Cheers’ effect, too, where we have our regulars who are here every day,” Tod Bennett said in a video.  

The business comes with an on-sale liquor license, live music permit and dance license. The restaurant serves dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the lounge and bar are open from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Live music and dancing take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. 

“A place where old school meets new school in a beachside atmosphere, The Palms embraces a vibrant lifestyle with live music and dancing,” the listing states. “Rich textures, plush dining booths, and design worthy light fixtures, a chic and comfortable vibe will take this landmark property into its next chapter.”

“It’s time for a new generation to continue it on and take it to the next limit,” Bill Bennett said in a video.

Noozhawk’s Taphorn Promoted

Sheridan Taphorn has been promoted to sales manager at Noozhawk.

Sheridan Taphorn

Sheridan Taphorn

Taphorn joined the Noozhawk team in 2018 after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in communications.

She began her career as a news reporting intern, then became an online advertising consultant. 

In 2020, she became an ambassador for the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and volunteers her time at PATH Santa Barbara.

In her new position as sales manager for Noozhawk, she will play an instrumental role in the sales and marketing team development, sales initiatives, revenue growth and ongoing product development, according to Kim Clark, vice president of business development. 

“I have truly enjoyed being a part of the Noozhawk sales team these past three years and appreciate the opportunity to expand my leadership skills,” Taphorn said. “I look forward to continuing the success of our team in this new role.”

Kyle’s Chicken House Opens

Kyle’s Chicken House, a new restaurant in Isla Vista, offers chicken hand-breaded to order and crinkle cut fries.

Kyle’s Chicken House, a new restaurant in Isla Vista, offers chicken hand-breaded to order and crinkle cut fries. (Courtesy photo)

The family behind Kyle’s Kitchen has opened a new restaurant in Isla Vista called Kyle’s Chicken House.

“When we introduced our Krispy Chicken Sandwich at our Kyle’s Kitchen restaurants, it was such a hit; we knew we were onto something that people were really craving,” owner Jay Ferro said. “At Kyle’s Chicken House, we’re serving a fun and crave-worthy menu of comfort food you can feel good about enjoying because, like all our restaurants, everything is made from scratch in-house, using the highest quality ingredients possible.”

Each piece of chicken is made with no antibiotics, spends 24 hours marinating in a “top secret” herbed buttermilk marinade, and is hand-breaded to order. The sandwiches are served on special house-made brioche buns, freshly baked daily.

The restaurant also serves crinkle cut fries, Texas toast and dipping sauce, along with cheese fries.

Kyle’s Chicken House will donate a portion of its proceeds to the Kyle’s Kitchen Special Needs Giving Back program,which helps people with special needs and disabilities reach their potential.

The restaurant is at 900 Embarcadero Del Mar and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Hitchcock Cinemas Reopens

Metropolitan Theatres Corp. has announced the reopening of Hitchcock Cinemas beginning next Wednesday.

The theater is located at 371 S. Hitchcock Way.

The opening day film is “JULIA,” a documentary about Julia Child.

Tickets can be purchased at or on the Metropolitan Theatres mobile app, which is available for free download on iTunes or Google Play.  

Alma Rosa Winery Opens in Solvang

Alma Rosa Winery has opened a tasting room in downtown Solvang.

“We are thrilled to welcome guests to our new space,” Debra Eagle, general manager, said in a news release. “Our new location features expansive outdoor seating, which is perfect for enjoying our year-round gorgeous weather while tasting our small production, vineyard- designate wines. The area around us is emerging as a new culinary and hospitality epicenter in the Santa Ynez Valley, with several other winery tasting rooms, distilleries, excellent restaurants, and boutique hotels opening within a few blocks of us, and we are excited to be a part of it.”

The tasting room is at 1623 Mission Drive, Suite M, and shares its courtyard with like-minded businesses, including Cailloux Cheese Shop, other wineries, a gelateria and a clothing boutique.

Alma Rosa’s tasting room is now open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tasting fees are $25 per person and include a selection of five wines.

Athleta Opening Delayed

Athleta has delayed its opening at 733 State St. in downtown Santa Barbara to Dec. 4.

Athleta is a brand of Gap, and in 2020, the company opened 12 Athleta locations for a total of 200 across the country. The company plans to open 25 more stores by the end of 2021.

Athleta also includes a Buy Online Pick Up in Store (BOPIS) option, including curbside pickup for contactless shopping, and a designated pickup station in-store where customers can pick up orders without waiting in line.

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Joshua Molina

Joshua Molina, Noozhawk Staff Writer

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